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Airs Friday, May 5, 2017, at 10 p.m. A panel of music writers and Lou Reed fans sample the late musician's catalog through the years and suggest what made him important to the history of rock music. Songs from both Reed's days with the Velvet Underground and his solo career are highlighted.

Airs Friday, August 30 at 11 p.m.  In the beginning—there were no beards—nor fuzzy guitars. After more than 4 decades, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons gets set to revive the seminal Moving Sidewalks. Also, in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, NPR Music critic Ann Powers explores about the healing force of a Natalie Maines recording. Plus, Iron and Wine caught live in Studio 1A , on the next edition of Texas Music Matters. 

Airs Friday, July 5 at 9 p.m. As the Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary this year, we join the celebration with a public radio special from award-winning producer Paul Ingles. It's called "Got Blues If You Want It! A Rolling Stones Special". The program is exclusively devoted to an exploration of the blues and rhythm & blues roots of The Rolling Stones. Top-notch music writers, musicians and fans provide context for a cavalcade of the Stones' blues classics - both their covers of songs by their heroes and their own bluesy takes on their original rock 'n' roll. Read the full description.